I remember the first time, Ace ever commented on my blog. I thought it was a prank! Here was this silly person talking about gummy worms and farts in his comments. I stalked him online and found him on Twitter. I tweeted him trying to find out who he was. I didn't even recognize the last name! Am I a gullible girl or what?
Before Ace Hansen beams down from his spaceship, please adjust your gas masks. Just in case. I've heard there's been a green mystery gas floating around.
So, hi there Ace! Welcome to my little nook of cyber space! Even though you'd probably like to chat about gummy worms, I'd like to ask you a few questions about your book. Are you up for it? I'm down with that, Pretty Earth Lady.
Aw, he said I was pretty. *blushes*
I have to say, the blurb on the back of your book makes me giggle. Blurb: "When a mysterious green gas crisis breaks wind, the Global Air Group (GAG) offers one-million dollar prize the first person to discover the cause." "Breaks wind" and "GAG" are a hilarious play on words. How did you come up with the name Global Air Group? I first called it the Clean Air Group, but CAG wasn't funny, so I found a G word to make it GAG. Then I headquartered it in Los Angeles (hee, hee).
GAG is downright funny. Love it! I've lived in L.A. before. It is sometimes smoggy.
Will you tell us a bit about Julius Caesar Brown, your main character? JCB is an Earth boy who won't give up no matter how bad things get.
Sounds like a great kiddo!
Ace, would you care to share with us how you came up with the idea for your book? Breath mint commercial.
Very intriguing. Maybe we writers should watch more commercials.
How long did it take you to write JCBATGGM? I believe I wrote the first draft in a month. We aliens are speedy.
Wozers! You little green guys are speedy writers!
Did you have assistance from an earthling? If so, whom? A group of Twitter junkies who are mad about whips or WIPS or something strange like that. They helped me whip it into shape.
Hey, I know them! #WipMadness. They're one groovy group of wild writers.
Who was your very favorite character to write about? Mrs. Crabtree. She's cool.
What's up with Miss Crabtree? If she is zombie or what? Or what.
Guess I'll have to finish the book to find out what she is!
Can you tell us a little bit more about the bully, Jake the Snake? He's a slippery one, but not very smart. Mean kids stink worse than green farts!
There you go again, talking about farts.
So, I've read the first part of your book, and there seems to be a fair share of boy characters and girl characters. Will your book appeal to boys and girls? The book's got loads of girl power. So yeah, girls'll love it, too.
Are you working on a new project? And if so can you give us a hint? Time travel. Soon as I can get my spaceship working again, I'll stay here in AZ, but travel 1,000 years back to meet some cool natives.
I <3 me some time travel.
And one last question, what's up with all the gassy talk? I'm dying to know! Does Julius have a problem with gas, or is it you? I promise not to tell anyone! Everyone has a problem with gas at one time or another. Don't you?
Um, I think I'll pass (no, not gas!) on answering Ace's question. TMI.
So there y'all have it. An alien author interview. WHOA! WATCH OUT! Phew, that was close. Ace's crafty little spaceship zoomed right over my head, emitting a green oozy gas. Hmm...
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